Already off to a busy start, the newly formed Transnational Law Institute at the Washington and Lee University School of Law made several announcements this week, including the sponsorship of a third student internship and the naming of the speaker for the Institute's inaugural lecture. A board of advisors was also named.
The new internship, which is one of three sponsored by the Institute involving international or comparative law matters, is with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina. James Lin '06L will be joining the Human Rights Department of the OSCE in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, effective August 2006, and (among other responsibilities) will be monitoring Bosnian war crimes trials. Lin will be working under the auspices of W&L School of Law alumnus James Rodehaver, the Director of Human Rights operations for the OSCE in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The OSCE is tasked with promoting post-conflict peace, reconstruction, and justice throughout the Balkans.
With this internship, Lin joins other summer associates Nick Devereux '07L and Mohamed Younis '07L. Devereux is serving as an intern for legal counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives International Relations Committee in Washington D.C., and Younis is serving as a trainee with African and Mid-East Refugee Assistance, a not-for-profit association in Cairo, Egypt.
In addition, the Institute has confirmed that its inaugural lecture will be delivered by Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Slaughter is currently scheduled to be at the School of Law from Monday, September 25 to Tuesday, September 26, and will deliver her lecture during the lunch-hour on Tuesday, September 26.
Prior to becoming Dean, Slaughter was the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign and Comparative Law and the Director of Graduate and International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. She is also the former President of the American Society of International Law, in which capacity she worked closely with W&L Law Professor Rick Kirgis. Dean Slaughter is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a frequent commentator in newspapers, radio, and television and a prolific scholar in international law and political science and the relationship between the two disciplines.
Finally, the Institute has also named a Board of Advisers:
Louise Halper - Professor of Law
James Kahn - John F. Herndon Professor of Economics
Mohamed Kamara - Assistant Professor of Romance Languages
Rick Kirgis - Law Alumni Association Emeritus Professor of Law
Robin Le Blanc - Associate Professor of Politics
Melissa Waters - Assistant Professor of Law
David Zaring - Assistant Professor of Law
"The work of the Institute will be wonderfully enhanced by input from this cross-campus community of energetic scholars," says Mark Drumbl, Professor of Law and Ethan Allen Faculty Fellow, who was appointed to serve as the Institute's first Director. "Their commitment grounds the Institute as part of the life of our community."